USC’s Davis to miss season with torn ACL

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley will be without reserve guard Tiffany Davis for the upcoming season. AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain/File

COLUMBIA — South Carolina has lost women’s basketball player Tiffany Davis for the upcoming season after the reserve guard suffered a torn ACL in her left knee.

The junior from Houston suffered the injury Friday, according to USC. After consulting with team medical director Dr. Jeffrey Guy, Davis is scheduled to undergo surgery at a later date.

Davis played in 16 games last season, when USC went a program-best 34-3, shared its second consecutive SEC championship, and reached the Final Four for the first time. She has a career scoring average of 2.2 points, and has averaged 9.4 minutes over her 51 career games.

It is the second ACL tear for Davis, who missed all but three games of her freshman season after tearing the ligament in her right knee.

Davis becomes the second USC player to deal with an injury during the offseason. Senior guard Tiffany Mitchell, a first-team All-America after last season, underwent surgery in August to repair a stress-related injury in her left foot. The injury was discovered while the two-time SEC Player of the Year was being examined for an ankle issue which kept her out of the Pan-American Games.

Mitchell is expected to be recovered in time for the upcoming season, which opens Nov. 15 against Ohio State at Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks open practice next month.